Stories for December 2011


Friday, December 30

Former fire chief succumbs to cancer

Former Sunnyside Fire Chief Jim Stanton last night (Thursday) succumbed to cancer after a valiant battle.

New Year's Eve party for teens back on track again

New Year's Eve: What was looking like a cancelled event is back on track, thanks to a generous donor.

Unemployment in county up slightly from last year

The Washington State Employment Security Department released Yakima County's November unemployment rates this week, which are up slightly from November of last year.

Lady Greyhounds celebrate road win

TOPPENISH - The Lady Greyhounds won a big battle against the Toppenish Wildcats last night, winning 52-33 to increase their league standings to 4-2.

Sunnysider named to foundation board

Sister Mary Rita Rohde of Nuestra Casa in Sunnyside was recently appointed to the Yakima Valley Community Foundation board.

Event for fathers, children planned in Sunnyside

Family Connections Yakima Valley is planning a day just for fathers and their children.

Five Vikes place at tournament

FREEMAN - Yesterday was a good day for five Mabton wrestlers who placed in the top five at Freeman's Winter Classic wrestling tournament.

Family fun center offers Sunnyside families venue to ring in the new year

As 2012 approaches area residents are setting their plans to ring out the old year and ring in the new.

Dateline 2012

Dateline 2012

Guest Editorial

The best, worst and most of 2011

The best, worst and most of 2011




Thursday, December 29

Grizzlies Winter Cup champions

RICHLAND - Spearheaded by the performances of individual titlists Isaac Guerrero (138 lbs.), Isidro Ramirez (145 lbs.) and Austin Carman (220 lbs.), the Sunnyside High School wrestling team won top honors at the 18-team Hanford Winter Cup yesterday (Wednesday).

Mabton outplays Rangers

NACHES - The Lady Vikings came home from Naches with a victory over the Rangers last night, winning 57-48.

Grizzlies pounce on East Valley boys

MOXEE - The 3A Sunnyside Grizzly boys basketball team closed out its non-league schedule in fine fashion last night with a 68-37 whipping of host 2A East Valley.

'Hounds come away with two titlists at Winter Cup

RICHLAND - In spite of only fielding six competitors yesterday at the Hanford Winter Cup Wrestling Invitational, the Greyhound grapplers came home with ninth place honors.

Lower Valley congressional district proposal unveiled

OLYMPIA - The good news is that a redistricting commission appointed by state lawmakers will reach its Jan. 1 deadline for redrawing congressional boundary lines.

Sunnyside native successful in helping get marijuana legalization on the ballot

The main reason Alex Newhouse got involved in the marijuana legalization effort was because a useful and environmentally sound crop, hemp, is banned under drug laws despite not having any of the psychoactive chemicals of other varieties of the plant.

Wednesday, December 28

Rotarians given sneak peek at SHS construction site

Soon Sunnyside High School students will have a state-of-the-art school.

Even studs sometimes need chains for tough situations

With unpredictable weather conditions, local tire shops say it's important to plan ahead.

Centennial Square rose from ashes of downtown fire, thanks to local couple

Even while reeling from the devastating fire that destroyed a building he owned a two-thirds share in, Don Vlieger was still thinking of what was best for Sunnyside.

High speed chase results in one arrest

Armando Chavez, 21, of Pasco was this past Monday night taken into custody on drug charges following a pursuit led by the driver of the vehicle he was in.

Fill up without filling out

(Family Features) When it comes to losing weight and taking care of your body, it's really about a couple of basic principles: eat smart and move more.


Wreaths for veterans support lauded

Wreaths for veterans support lauded

Guest Editorial

A third party is emerging in 2012 Presidential election

A third party is emerging in 2012 Presidential election

Off the Record

Christmas turkey turned out to be my right of passage

Christmas turkey turned out to be my right of passage

Tuesday, December 27

Birthing classes offered at Sunnyside Community Hospital beginning Jan. 10

Sunnyside Community Hospital will begin providing birthing classes for expectant mothers and their coaches on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2012.







Senior logs 350 miles walking at retirement home

PROSSER - The staff at Sun Terrace bet Verlie Moon that she wouldn't walk 100 miles, but the 89-year-old far surpassed that bet by logging 350 miles, walking a mile every day.

Unemployment benefits safe for now

WASHINGTON D.C. - Congress late last week approved a two-month extension of long-term jobless benefits.

Photographer brings her skills to Sunnyside

Although she doesn't have an actual studio, Katrina Van Wingerden recently began offering her photography services to Lower Valley residents.

New manager named for Sunnyside farm equipment company

Farmers Equipment Company announced last week that Drew Fletcher will manage its Sunnyside branch.

Sunnyside's Advanced Collision crew restoring first-ever made Avanti sports car

It was an early Christmas for Advanced Collision, as the Sunnyside shop recently started work on restoring the first-ever Studebaker Avanti sports car, produced in 1963.

Monday, December 26




Local merchant swaps fashion for coffee

A seven-year career in selling and marketing in the fashion shoe industry has served Aaron Guerra well as the head barista at Guerra's Coffee Company in Sunnyside.

SHS students working hard to showcase theatrical talents

Looking at the auditions roster, Abbagail Gomez saw that 10 SHS students had signed up to perform.

Sunnyside community has opened its hearts to Lil Rey

"People keep asking how Lil Rey is doing," said Noelia Vargas, grandmother of the child who had a pumpkin patch fundraiser before Halloween this year to help pay expenses for his third open heart surgery.

Not everyone home snug in their beds on Christmas Eve

While everyday families are at home, celebrating the spirit of Christmas and preparing for Christmas day, emergency personnel are on the alert.

Friday, December 23

Elliott named chair for 2012

YAKIMA - In action during their meeting this past Tuesday, the board of Yakima County commissioners named Rand Elliott as its chair. In related action, the board named Mike Leita as vice-chair.

When does Christmas arrive for you?

In the retail world the Christmas season starts the day after Thanksgiving, though you can sometimes see the Yule tides start as early as the day after Halloween.

Digital collection in Grandview preserves history

A box of photos slowly molding in an attic. A crumbling old diary written by an early settler. A tattered, long out-of-print library book about local history.

Former Billy Graham Crusades advance team member celebrates Christmas with nativity sets

For 12 years Pat Borgens traveled around the country preparing cities as a member of the advance team for the Billy Graham Crusades, but she always made it home for Christmas.

Criminal charges detailed by WSP on local fatality

The Washington State Patrol has released a list of the charges that it is seeking against the motorist they believe caused the death of a 20-year-old Sunnyside man early this past Sunday morning.

Leavenworth hosting Ice Fest

LEAVENWORTH - On the heels of Christmas, this village continues the celebration of winter with Bavarian Ice Fest, Jan. 14-15, 2012.

We're lucky Christmas spirit shines around these parts year round

When we think of Christmas, we think of acts of kindness and goodwill.

My grocery store angel

Hosting the family Christmas dinner sounded very grown up to me, that is until I realized I have no clue what I am doing.

City staff generous this Christmas

Just like every other year, Sunnyside city employees geared up to sponsor another family for the holidays.

Lawmakers get a jump on new session

The Washington State Legislature's 2012 session doesn't start until Jan. 9, but lawmakers are getting a head start with several new bills proposed already.

Three Grandview grapplers perfect at Best of the West

PASCO - As a team, the Grandview Greyhound wrestling team was 0-4 yesterday, Thursday, at the Best of the West tourney in Pasco.

Christmas services planned

Lower Valley residents are invited to special worship services planned for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Christmas Day dinner open to all at church

Sunnyside's Trinity Baptist Church is opening its doors on Christmas Day and serving up a holiday meal with all the trimmings, for all who have no one with whom to share the special day.

Thursday, December 22




County employee in Mabton shot at Wednesday

Yesterday morning (Wednesday), an employee of Yakima County reported a man shooting at dogs fired at the employee on West Satus Road near Mabton, according to the sheriff's office. The investigation is ongoing.

SCHS boys dispatch 2B Cardinals, 46-36

Preparing for last night's non-league basketball game, 1B Sunnyside Christian knew the Cardinals would be bringing a very athletic crew into the Knights' gym. After all, Waitsburg/Prescott just three weeks ago won the WIAA 2B State football title. And, several of the Cardinals playing last night were on the team that took a 22-1 record into the 2B State basketball tournament last year.

Five Vikings medal at Othello invite

OTHELLO - In what proved to be an all-day marathon, the Mabton Viking wrestling team had five wrestlers place during an invite in Othello yesterday, Wednesday.

Lady Knights improve to 7-0 by dismantling Prescott, 51-34

The 1B Sunnyside Christian Lady Knights basketball team opened with a 15-2 run and never looked back in a 51-34 win over visiting 2B Waitsburg-Prescott last night, Wednesday.

Fire causes $50,000 in damages to Sunnyside-area home

Fire causes $50,000

Sex offender moves to Grandview area

Level III sex offender Cranston James Blanshan has moved to the Grandview area, according to the Yakima County Sheriff's office.

New Mabton School Board member aims to help students further their education

Mabton native and resident Angel Tovar credits an article in the Daily Sun News with prompting him to seek appointment to the Mabton School Board.

Wednesday, December 21

Fight over high school sports divisions may affect Sunnyside

The Big 9 Conference of high school sports is having a fight that could ultimately result in it breaking up, according to Sunnyside High School Athletic Director Bill Daley speaking at the Sunnyside School Board meeting last night (Tuesday).

State AG stresses need for fight against gangs

MABTON - Washington State Attorney General Rob McKenna, who is seeking election to the governor's seat, yesterday met with the Yakima County Gang Commission in Mabton to detail plans for the 2012 legislative session due to begin Jan. 9.

Sunnyside High School starting search for new principal

Sunnyside High School will be looking for a new principal next year to replace interim principal Dr. Chuck Salina, and the school board has voted to continue an association with Lee Goeke to find qualified candidates.

Driver of vehicle involved in fatality taken into custody

The driver in a one-car accident that killed one passenger and injured five others was booked into Yakima County Jail.

'Hounds start slow but finish very strong

GRANDVIEW - East Valley may have believed it had an opportunity to defeat the Grandview Greyhounds last night after outscoring the home team 11-9 in the opening quarter. But the fire was quickly extinguished in the second quarter. The 'Hounds were on their way to a 51-28 victory.

Sunnyside Christian wins battle of unbeatens

YAKIMA - It was a tale of two halves, as the Sunnyside Christian Lady Knights basketball team rallied from 11 points down to defeat host LaSalle 40-33 last night, Tuesday.

Lady Greyhounds no match for E. Valley

GRANDVIEW - The Lady Greyhounds fell 65-50 to the Red Devils in a game controlled by East Valley from the get-go last night in Grandview.

Decadent Gooey Butter Cake is delicious addition to holiday desserts table

Decadent Gooey Butter Cake is delicious addition to holiday desserts table


Support for school staff

Support for school staff

Connecting with family the reason for the season

It seems only fair that I do a column on what Christmas means to me. I harassed poor busy pastors into writing columns on the same subject for our Christmas in the Valley special section that was published earlier this year. I suppose it's my turn now.

The young abandon newspapers to their peril

I teach tax and immigration law to students in Philadelphia. Sometimes I'll see a relevant story in the local paper, and I'll ask in class, "Anyone see that front page story in the Inquirer that was on the very topic we are discussing?" And then I'll look at blank faces.




Tuesday, December 20

Burglary suspect nabbed last night by Sunnyside police

Sunnyside police have taken into custody 20-year-old Omar Acevedo of Sunnyside on a requested charge of residential burglary.

New restaurant built on years of experience

Andy Zhu's family has been in the restaurant business for more than 25 years, and has now brought their expertise to Sunnyside.

Nouvella Club opens its hearts, and purses for domestic violence victims in Lower Valley

When domestic violence strikes, victims and most often their children are left emotionally and physically battered.

Low-achieving school list mixed message for Lower Yakima Valley school districts

State education officials yesterday, Monday, released a list of the schools in this state considered to be the "persistently lowest-achieving."

School board learns Grandview High on track to success

GRANDVIEW - Grandview High School is making great progress, but there is still a long way to go.

Lady Vikings split league openers

The Lady Vikings played their first two league games this past weekend and came away with mixed results.

Two-day baseball clinic in Sunnyside recruiting teens

Sunnyside-area teens, 14 and older, are invited to attend a special two-day baseball clinic next week.

Community center in Sunnyside open to local youngsters throughout holiday break

Community center in Sunnyside open to local youngsters throughout holiday break







Monday, December 19

Grandview police use spike strips to stop wrong way motorist on I-82

GRANDVIEW - Because state troopers were busy with other calls, it was the Grandview Police Department that was involved in a chase early this morning (Monday) on I-82.

Regional Young Life director takes on new role

With a strong desire to spread the Gospel and meet people where they are, local resident Jim Slinker and the area's Young Life program were a perfect fit.

Winning contest photos to grace Sunnyside hospital calendar

A picture showing employees of the Family Birth Center wearing pink gloves got the most votes in Sunnyside Community Hospital's annual calendar photo contest to win first place honors.

Mabton Vikes open league play with wins

The Mabton Viking boys basketball team had to work overtime, literally, in grabbing a pair of wins this past Friday and Saturday to open SCAC East play.

Greyhounds on a roll after 78-69 win over Othello

GRANDVIEW - After this past Saturday's 78-69 victory over Othello, the Grandview Greyhounds can look to the future and hope the season will look much like last year.

Third-quarter explosion carries SCHS past Patriots

RICHLAND - The Sunnyside Christian boys basketball team, behind junior Brandon Broersma and senior Trevor Wagenaar, broke open a fairly tight game with an 18-7 explosion in the third quarter last Friday.

Lady Grizzlies split games

It appeared the Sunnyside girls hoop team was going to win its league openers this past weekend after winning Friday's game 55-42 at Southridge, but the team faltered 62-58 to Kennewick Saturday.

Sunnyside ekes out weekend sweep

After using a 21-7 fourth quarter run this past Friday to thump host Southridge 62-43, the Sunnyside Grizzly boys basketball team continued its winning ways with a last-second 62-61 win over visiting Kennewick.

SHS Key Club children's book drive underway now

Children's books, appropriate for ages 5 to 18, are currently being sought by the Sunnyside High School Key Club.




Friday, December 16

Sunnyside officials say 'yes' vote on school levy will mean lower taxes

In February, Sunnyside voters will be asked to vote on a school levy that will actually result in a lower tax rate if it passes.

Volunteer food bank director retires after 35 years of service

Growing up in the Great Depression days, Rev. John H. Jacobs knew times were bad.

Special session utter failure...says Lower Valley lawmaker

OLYMPIA - The Washington state legislature adjourned a special session this past Wednesday by a approving a bill that chipped away at the state's $2 billion budget shortfall.

Grizzly grapplers run 3A CBBN league record to 3-0

KENNEWICK - Southridge gave the visiting Grizzly wrestling team a run for its money Thursday night. But notching five pins, one technical fall and two major decisions against the Suns, Sunnyside made off with a 46-28 win.

Sign up underway for survivor lap at 2012 Relay for Life

It's still nearly six months away, but organizers are already gearing up for the cancer survivor lap that will open the 2012 Lower Valley Relay for Life next May.

Leaders being groomed at Sunnyside High

Wednesdays at Sunnyside High School are short days for regular classes, but they aren't short on activities for students.

Cowboy gathering brings 'old west' history to Ellensburg

ELLENSBURG - Hundreds of fans of the western way of life will come to Ellensburg wearing their cowboy finest next February.

Gospel singer performingi n Sunnyside this Sunday

National recording artist Yvette C. Williams will be performing in Sunnyside at Neighborhood Church (385 East Allen Road) this Sunday evening, Dec. 18.


Our taxing mess

Our taxing mess

Word Nerd

Early detection does save lives

Early detection does save lives




Thursday, December 15

Animal complaint leads to arrest

GRANDVIEW - Grandview police yesterday, Wednesday, were dispatched to an apartment in the 900 block of Broadview Drive due to a report of animal cruelty.

Unique, collectable items set aside by thrift shop for public auctions

The Sunnyside Christian Thrift shop is open for thrifty shoppers and generous donors.

Millions invested in salmon recovery by Washington state

The Washington Salmon Recovery Funding Board has announced nearly $30 million will be distributed via grants to organizations across the state to help bring salmon back from the brink of extinction.

Mabton receives $25,000 for community park

MABTON - Nearly a year ago the City of Mabton had a 1.5 acre site with overgrown weeds and desolate land.

Sunnyside plans 'free admission' parent night for hoop games this Saturday

Sunnyside High School is starting a new tradition with this coming Saturday's home basketball games against Kennewick.

Fourth quarter rally too little for Bickleton

ZILLAH - The Bickleton boys varsity basketball team played the Zillah C Squad last night (Thursday) at Zillah and was defeated 47-41, despite a comeback in the fourth quarter by the Pirates.




Wednesday, December 14




Higher utility rates included in Grandview's 2012 budget

GRANDVIEW - Besides an annual $20 car tab fee on all vehicles, Grandview residents in 2012 will also see higher water and sewer bills.

Mabton falls to 1-5 on season

MABTON - Goldendale's tall Timberwolves were too much for the Mabton Viking boys basketball team last night, Tuesday, as the Vikes fell at home 63-48 in a non-league contest.

Grandview boys snare Jackrabbits, 54-42

QUINCY - A quick start out of the gate and a 23-point effort by Kiki Mendoza spurred the Grandview High School boys basketball team on to a 54-42 victory over the Jackrabbits on Quincy's home floor last night.

SCHS ups record to 4-0

The Sunnyside Christian Lady Knight girls basketball team rolled to a 24-8 lead at the half and never looked back in a 57-21 home win over Columbia-Burbank last night, Tuesday.

SCHS snaps three-game losing streak

It didn't take long for Columbia-Burbank to figure out last night that nearly all of Sunnyside Christian's offense goes through senior Trevor Wagenaar. The 1A Coyotes quickly began doubling him up, triple-teaming the senior when they could get away with it.

VFW hosting breakfast for Santa and local kids

The jolly old man from the North Pole is inviting Sunnyside-area children to dine with him for breakfast this coming Saturday.

All are invited to movie night

Everyone in town is invited to watch an all-ages appropriate Christmas-themed movie at the Sunnyside Community Movie Night on Friday, Dec. 16, at 6:30 p.m. at the Sunnyside Community Center.

Outlook parent meeting Thursday

OUTLOOK - Parents of students attending Outlook Elementary School are invited to an Outlook Parent Advisory Committee meeting this coming Thursday, Dec 15, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in room 108 at the school.


Fair, rodeo board thankful for support from local community

Fair, rodeo board thankful for support from local community

Fair, rodeo board thankful for support from local community

The Foundation of the Yakima Valley Fair & Rodeo held its fourth annual dinner and auction and is very grateful to many local businesses and individuals for their generous donations. The evening was a success thanks to their support.


Toy Story...back to the basics

Toy Story...back to the basics

Off the Record

The student loan

The student loan




Tuesday, December 13




Long-time Sunnyside resident dies in auto crash

A mainstay of the Sunnyside community, 89-year-old Elmer C. Schilperoort died yesterday afternoon as the result of a two-vehicle collision.

City establishes fund to pay for construction of new fire station

The Sunnyside City Council passed two ordinances last night that establish a capital projects fund to pay for the new fire station construction.

Mabton schools will ask voters to approve $1 million levy in February

MABTON - Residents within the Mabton School District boundaries will be asked next February to decide on a new four-year levy to help with maintenance and operation costs.

Bickleton 1-1 in new season

The Pirates were struck by Lightning last night, losing to LaSalle's JV squad 74-53.

Hit and run suspect arrested

A driver suspected of being intoxicated was arrested yesterday (Monday) evening after an aggressive hit and run incident near Grandview, according to Yakima County Sheriff deputies.

Sunnyside's Promise to run community center next year

The Sunnyside City Council unanimously approved a proposal by Sunnyside's Promise to manage the community center and provide more activities for the next year.

Mabton School Board to hold retreat in 2012

MABTON - In action last night, Monday, the Mabton School Board agreed to hold its annual retreat on Thursday, Jan. 12, 2012, upstairs at Snipes Restaurant in Sunnyside.

Local salons offer pieces

of latest Hollywood trends

of latest Hollywood trends

Bargains, quality gifts to be had at thrift shops

Whether consumers are looking for a good deal on everyday items or the perfect holiday gift, the ideal find might be closer to home than one might think.

Sentencing handed down for murder of Grandview man

YAKIMA - Pedro Lopez Garcia, 22, of Grandview was sentenced to more than 14 years in prison yesterday, Monday, for the July 2010 killing of Pablo Torres Alvarez, also of Grandview.




Monday, December 12

Lighted parade video created for public viewing

The holiday season for Sunnyside hasn't really begun until the annual Lighted Farm Implement Parade is in the works.

Sunnyside High School senior to self-publish her poetry

At only 17 years of age, Christeen Woods has a lot to say.

'Wreathes Across America' instituted at Grandview Cemetery

Ginger Emerson was expecting that the first year of participating in the Wreaths Across America in the Grandview Cemetery, they might get enough donations to lay 50 wreaths.

Sunnyside Museum holiday open house draws large crowd

The Sunnyside Museum held its annual holiday open house this past Saturday, Dec. 10, throwing open the doors to anyone who wanted to stop by and enjoy food and company among the museum's exhibits.

Threepeat for Grizzlies at Fife wrestling tourney

FIFE - It's getting to be old hat for the Sunnyside High School wrestling team. The Grizzlies, this past Saturday, captured their third consecutive team title at the Fife Invitational.

Lady 'Hounds split games over weekend

The Lady Greyhounds had mixed results over the weekend, dropping a game to Ephrata before coming back to win against the Selah Vikings.

Manzo tops 1,000-point mark at SHS

Israel Manzo became just the fourth boys basketball player in Sunnyside High School history to top the 1,000 point career mark during the win at Moses Lake this past Friday.

Vikings place three in finals at Granger Ironman

GRANGER - Placing three wrestlers in the championship finals, the Mabton Viking wrestling team finished in sixth place as a team this past Saturday at the Granger Ironman Tourney.

Greyhounds back in the money

After posting a perfect 20-0 record in the regular season before unraveling in the playoffs last year, one had to wonder what this season holds for Grandview when they opened with two consecutive losses.

Sunnyside Lady Grizzlies accomplish rare feat

The Sunnyside Lady Grizzly basketball team topped its win total for all of last season with victories this past Friday and Saturday to improve to 3-2 on the young season. On Friday, Sunnyside used a 16-0 first-quarter run to whip visiting Moses Lake 59-39. The Lady Grizzlies backed that up with a 61-57 win at Davis on Saturday. Sunnyside built a 15-point lead after three quarters before the host Pirates rallied to tie the game in the final minutes. Coach Rick Puente said a combination of a full court defense by his team, as well as six clutch free throws by the Lady Grizzlies, helped turn the tide in the final moments. Freshman Jordan Rodriguez (pictured pushing the ball up court against Moses Lake) paced Sunnyside to the sweep with 41 points in the two games combined. Another Sunnyside freshman, Natalia Bazan, had 29 points in the two games. Puente said the weekend sweep was the first for Sunnyside's girls in several years and the first time the squad had ever beaten Moses Lake's varsity. The Lady Grizzlies open league play at Southridge this coming Friday, then host Kennewick on Saturday. "We appreciate the community, the parents and the student body rallying behind the girls," Puente said of the surging SHS girls program.

Gunfire reported in Grandview

GRANDVIEW - Early this morning, Monday, Grandview police were dispatched to the 200 block of Ash Street, where gunfire was reported. A witness at the scene estimated there were three shots fired. Police found bullet casings at the scene upon further investigation, but no injuries or property damage was reported.




Friday, December 9

Education, health questions dominate town hall meeting

Questions about health care, levy equalization funds and education in general dominated the telephone town hall meeting held by Reps. Bruce Chandler and David Taylor last night (Thursday).

Sunnyside High construction project still on deadline

Progress is evident inside and out on the remodel and construction project underway at Sunnyside High School.

Grandview loses activist, booster for local city

GRANDVIEW - Colleen Byam, a Port of Grandview commissioner and friend to many, has died.

Selah keglers eke out close decision against SHS

YAKIMA - Despite one of their top performances of the season, the Lady Grizzlies dropped a competitive 3-1 decision to the Selah High School girls bowling team yesterday afternoon.

Former chemical engineering student now pieces together physical therapy plans

For approximately 25 years Jerry Poff has helped Lower Valley community members regain their health and mobility through physical therapy.

What's Happening



Newly elected councilman lauds support

Newly elected councilman lauds support


Goodbye, America

Goodbye, America

Word Nerd

The brilliant absurdity of Sunnyside's Lighted Farm Implement Parade

The brilliant absurdity of Sunnyside's Lighted Farm Implement Parade




Thursday, December 8

Sunnyside man headed to prison for firing on car with four occupants

YAKIMA - Ignacio Mojica, 20, of Sunnyside will serve more than nine and a half years for his role in a shooting that took place on Alexander Road south of Sunnyside on Feb. 6, 2011.

Pacific Power closing Sunnyside operations center

Pacific Power announced today, Thursday, it will close its Sunnyside operations center by next April.

Budget proposal by lawmakers would annually cost local hospital more than $5 million

"I've been in this business a long time and I have not seen this type of approach. There is nothing comparable," Sunnyside Community Hospital CEO Jon Smiley says of a legislative proposal that would slash Medicaid payments to rural hospitals.

New housing start, roofing projects top November building permits issued by Sunnyside

Nearly half of the 29 new projects issued permits in Sunnyside last month were for new roofs.

VFW brings merry Christmas to veterans

GRANDVIEW - Free speech and the right to vote and own property are just some of the freedoms American people enjoy on a daily basis. That's due in part to U.S. military veterans.

Annual Nouvella Christmas tea December 15

Next Thursday, Dec. 15, Nouvella Club members will celebrate the season with the club's annual Christmas tea at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Sunnyside.

Donations challenge issued for statue project

Fred and Ann Whitney have challenged area citizens to donate to the Bonnie Dunbar statue that is currently in its planning stages.

Knight cheerleaders work to raise funds

Two, four, six, eight, who do Knight cheerleaders appreciate? Likely it will be the donors at this coming Saturday's fundraiser.

Local educators receive hands-on device to increase art comprehension in schools

Christmas is coming early to the classrooms of three Lower Valley teachers.




Wednesday, December 7

Controller position on hold by Sunnyside Council

Monday, at the Sunnyside City Council workshop meeting, it was decided the council would reconsider creating the position of controller after a candidate for the position of assistant finance director has received a performance review.

Homicide suspect identified by Grandview police

GRANDVIEW - Grandview police have released the details and the name of the suspect from last Saturday's shooting.

Local man earns caregiver award for his selflessness

When Eileen Concienne stopped wanting to cook, even though she had loved cooking before, her family thought she might have depression.

Mabton Council eyes end of budgeting process

MABTON - The Mabton City Council could have next year's budget nailed down in three weeks, on Dec. 27.

Lady Knights shoot past Naches Valley in 2011-12 hoop opener

In its first regular season game of the 2011-12 campaign, the Sunnyside Christian Lady Knight basketball team took care of business in a 57-23 win at home over Naches Valley.

Sunnyside snatches victory from 'Hounds

GRANDVIEW - Last night's non-league match-up between the Grandview Greyhounds and Sunnyside Grizzlies was a nail-biter.

Granger history books available soon

GRANGER - After a successful pre-sale campaign that paid the majority of printing costs, a second history book about Granger by the Granger Historical Society will be available later this month.

Dairy Fair a sweet workplace for Grandview woman

Santa isn't the only one with helpers this Christmas season.


Parade judges, participants appreciate royal treatment

Parade judges, participants appreciate royal treatment

Guest Column

December 7th is a lesson for all ages

December 7th is a lesson for all ages

Elders in our community have much to offer to all of us

My grandpa was arguably one of the greatest men to ever have graced my presence.

A few tweaks

If ain't broke, don't fix it," goes the saying, and there's certainly not much broken when it comes to the Lighted Farm Implement Parade in Sunnyside.




Tuesday, December 6

Grandview police arrest homicide suspect

GRANDVIEW - Grandview police say a 19-year-old man believed to be responsible for Saturday's shooting death of Mariano Cuevas, 18, has been arrested.

City Council receptive to recreation proposal

The Sunnyside City Council at its workshop meeting last night was impressed with a proposal by Sunnyside's Promise Director Mark Baysinger that would provide recreational opportunities for local residents.

Outlook dairy singled out for national energy award

OUTLOOK - The George DeRuyter & Son Dairy in Outlook has been nominated for Outstanding Achievement in Energy in the inaugural U.S. Dairy Sustainability Awards program.

Mabton teacher receives award

ST. LOUIS - Randi Krieg, agricultural educator for the Mabton School District, is one of 36 individuals nationwide who received a "Teachers Turn the Key Award," given on Nov. 19, at the National Association of Agricultural Educators annual convention held in St. Louis.

Local café helping to feed the hungry in Sunnyside

Throughout the winter season family sicknesses tend to increase, electricity bills rise and other expenses accumulate.




Monday, December 5

Schools have plans in place to inform parents, students when winter weather forces closures

When bad weather makes for unsafe travel conditions, area schools might alter the day's schedule.

Grandview man dies after being shot in head

GRANDVIEW - At approximately 8 p.m. this past Saturday, Grandview police said an 18-year-old male, identified as Mariano Cuevas, was struck by a gunshot to the head that resulted in his death.

Large crowds invade Sunnyside for Christmas holiday kick-off events

Sunnyside was aglow this past Saturday as 70 floats decorated in lights took to South Sixth Street and East Edison Avenue for the 23rd annual Lighted Farm Implement Parade.

Mireles, Ruiz pace Vikes

YAKIMA - Led by individual champions in two weight classes, the Mabton Viking wrestling team tallied 80 team points to finish in seventh place during the Mel Carlson Invitational held this past Saturday at West Valley High School.

Lady 'Hounds outrace 4A Davis

YAKIMA - The Lady Greyhounds had a successful weekend outing at the SunDome on Saturday night, winning 54-49 against the Davis Pirates.

Sunnyside sixth at 16-team tourney

BUCKLEY - With the exception of the season-ending State tourney in the Tacoma Dome, the White River Invitational in Buckley takes a back seat to no tournaments in terms of drawing quality athletes and high caliber prep wrestling teams.

Sunnyside opens with a sweep

Strong defense and solid rebounding were an unbeatable one-two punch for the Sunnyside Grizzly boys basketball team this past weekend in a pair of victories.

SHS girls march past Cadets

The Sunnyside girls basketball team this past Friday and Saturday had mixed results after competing in two non-league match-ups against Eisenhower and Prosser.

Local lawmakers invite public to telephone town hall

Reps. Bruce Chandler and David Taylor are inviting local residents of the 15th District, which includes the Lower Valley, to participate in a telephone town hall meeting this Thursday, Dec. 8.







Friday, December 2

City may need to dip into contingency fund

Since summer the city of Sunnyside has pledged to keep its $1 million contingency fund intact despite a nearly $1 million budget shortfall between the jail and police funds combined.

Honeyford named ag committee leader

OLYMPIA - When the 2012 legislative session convenes Jan. 9, 2012, what is now the Senate Agriculture and Rural Economic Development Committee will add "water" to its title and list of policy duties.

Road, curb work paves way for downtown veterans plaza

An ongoing project to develop the Jerry Taylor Veterans Memorial Plaza at the corner of Ninth Street and Edison Avenue in Sunnyside hit a snag last month.

Schab's jolly spirit lives on at Saturday's Sunnyside parade

Though his seat in the sleigh may be empty this year, the spirit of the man who occupied it lives on.

Laura Gjovaag/Daily Sun NeCross for chapel at rehabilitation center is family effort

When Mary Arthur started looking for a craftsman to create and build a new cross for her facility's chapel, the name Schilperoort came up.

Diabetes educator urges testing for all

Cathleen Fierro, certified diabetes educator, didn't mean to focus her talk to the Sunnyside Noon Rotary Club on diabetes screening, but it was clearly a topic of interest to the group.

What's Happening


Book Review

Fascinating book reveals the origins of a cultural phenomenon

Fascinating book reveals the origins of a cultural phenomenon

Stage Review

Schilperoort delivers in Grandview High's 'Harvey'

Schilperoort delivers in Grandview High's 'Harvey'


True passion for education

True passion for education


Teachers are protesting, but school spending is up

Teachers are protesting, but school spending is up

Off the Record

Keep the "little guy" in business this holiday season

Keep the "little guy" in business this holiday season

Thursday, December 1

County dips into reserves to balance general fund budget

YAKIMA - Yakima County commissioners adopted a $51.3 million general fund budget for 2012 this past Tuesday.

City Council inks attorney fee agreement

After a lengthy discussion over recent attorney fees, the Sunnyside City Council this past Monday approved a new fee agreement with Menke Jackson Beyer Ehlis & Harper LLP.

New signs to aid tourists in finding local wineries

The hodge-podge of street signs alerting motorists to area wineries are confusing and most are illegal.

Sunnyside school building rental fees established

All groups using Sunnyside School District buildings for events now have a standard set of rates that will be applied according to the type of group.

Three Vikes perfect at Coyote tourney

BURBANK - The Mabton Viking wrestling team opened its 2011-12 season this past Tuesday at the Coyote Takedown Tournament in Burbank.

Court injuries result in shaky future for Bickleton Lady Pirate basketball

KLICKITAT - Injuries on the court at yesterday's jamboree hosted by Klickitat may hamper the Bickleton Lady Pirates basketball team when the squad begins its regular season schedule.

Sunnyside native enjoys variety of her job

Alicia Aguilar has lived in Sunnyside all her life, and she wouldn't have it any other way.